Back on May 5th my friend Mike was hit almost head-on by a drunk driver. He was on a 3 week old chopper, his first time out riding it. Luckily he survived the crash, but has been in the hospital ever since, still has a few more weeks to go before he gets moved to rehab.
The list (not complete) of his surgeries/injuries:
For those of you following this episode in Mike's like he wanted you to know the following. Here is a list of injuries he is recovering from: An aortic dissection for which he had heart surgery, an open pelvic fracture for whihc he had the largest open reduction internal fixation the Sweedish doctors have ever performed, a bladder injury, a severe scalp laceration (see photo), issues with the tracheotomy which he needed, cervical fusion of C5 through T2, left rib fractures, left humeral fracture, right radius fracture, and a fracture of his big toe. Mike is making great strides and should be out of the ICU in a week or 2 and heding to a rehab hospital. Mike is racing up and down the halls in his wheelchair so they are ready to get rid of him!
Mike has lost 40 pounds and is working to put it back on.
If anyone is interested and would as a fellow rider would like to help him out, first you can "friend" his FB page, Friends of Mike Arko, secondly, the family is asking for donations to help as well. They did a silent auction back in June that raised $4,500, that helps with his basic expenses. Right now his medical bills top $1.5 mil and growing. The family is asking for donations to help him out with the other stuff, he was a small business owner and plans to get back to it and back riding.
To donate money:
29462 Clearview Circle
Elizabeth, Colorado 80107
One thing about this, it has really made me stop and think, especially the costs of an accident like this. Seriously going to look into some type of umbrella catastrophic insurance.